Today the SEC announced that Georgia nose guard Kwame Geathers and free safety Shawn Williams will have to sit out the first half of the Bulldogs next game against the Florida Gators due to their actions in last Saturday’s game against Vanderbilt. In the Bulldogs 33-28 win over the Commodores, Geathers took offense to Vandy center Logan Stewart diving at his back on a play, retaliating on the next play with a punch (Stewart has also been suspended for the first half of the Commodores’ game against Army). Williams’ issues come from a hit that went unpenalized in the game, as he launched himself into Vanderbilt wide receiver Jordan Matthews’ head late in the third quarter. “For the most part, everybody’s blood gets hot and things happen that everybody’s not too proud of and we reflect and correct and we move on, so that’s what we’re doing,” head coach Mark Richt said. It is interesting to note that the two coaches that were involved in the infamous postgame skirmish, Vanderbilt head coach James Franklin and Georgia defensive coordinator Todd Grantham, will not be penalized by the conference.
Geathers absence in the first half against Florida has the potential to be disastrous
Geathers and Williams’ thoughtless actions on the field were two separate matters, but the fact of the matter is both could have been easily avoided. In Geathers’ case, the 6′ 6” sophomore should have just left it up to the officials to keep Stewart from trying to play dirty, and even though the shot he took at him could have seriously injured him, Geathers should have just let it go and keep playing his game. Williams play is much more unforgivable, as it’s clear that this sort of play, in both college football and the NFL, is a thing of the past. Williams, who drew two personal fouls in the game, has to pick up on the fact that the referees will not allow any type of play that endangers the players and needs to adjust his play as a result. The Bulldogs need all the help they can get in order to snap their losing streak against the Gators, and losing two big guys on the defense for the first two quarters could have a very damaging affect.
If I am Coach Richt, there are two adjustments that I make to the SEC’s ruling on the matter: I increase Williams’ suspension to a full game and fine Todd Grantham a considerable amount of money. Williams suspension boils down to this: there is no room for dirty, unnecessary hits in the game, and if you can’t play without getting multiple flags thrown on you, then we’ll just find someone else who will. My reason for fining Grantham is also pretty basic: He is a grown man and he knows better than to show his rear end at the end of a game. Grantham made himself look like a fool about this time last year with his “Choke Sign” to Florida’s kicker without losing any money; it’s about time he realizes that he’s a coordinator, meaning that the only time he should be seen or heard is when he’s congratulating his players for a well-executed series. The Georgia Bulldogs have drawn the ire of many opposing fans that claim that the players and coaches are “dirty”, and unless the head coach stresses more on the importance of playing smart and keeping your mouth shut, these Dawgs may just wind up proving them right.
Grantham seems proud to be a Bulldog, but it really is time that someone told this old pup to shut up